GREENVILLE — Carson City-Crystal’s Andre Collins surprised a lot of people when he qualified for the Division 3 state track meet Saturday.
Collins finished third in the 100 and sixth in the 200 at the regional meet which surprised even him.
“I couldn’t even explain how nerve-wracking it is for my first year of running track to go to state running in two events,” the senior said. “I’m pretty pumped.”
That’s right. Collins qualified for two events in his first and last year of running track.
“I was so excited, my coach was excited for me, people around me were so excited,” he said. “It was a crazy feeling. I could explain the adrenaline I had at the time.”
Collins started running track in preparation for his near future, which is joining the U.S. Marine Corps.
“I wanted to stay in condition for what’s coming next,” he said.
Collins has some tempered expectations for his trip to the state finals.
“My goal is the finals for the 100 for sure,” he said. “I’m going to push myself to make it to the finals for the 200. But I’m not expecting too much. I’m going to definitely shoot for the stars.”
His coach, Marcus LeGrande, said Collins would have likely made the state finals last year had he gone out for track then.
“This is his first year of running after four years of high school,” LeGrande said of Collins. “I wish he would have ran last year so he would know how it felt then and how if feels now.”
LeGrande said Collins has improved with every meet this season.
“His work ethic. The kid works his butt off,” LeGrande said. “He does extra reps (repetitions), he does extra miles, he does extra conditioning. If I ask him to go into the weight room he does it. He puts the work in. He also pushes his teammates to be that much better too.”
LeGrande noted Collins is ranked fifth in the state in Division 3 for the 100 and 12th for the 200.